Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio sings Elisabetta I (Maria Stuarda) for The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. Giannattasio made her Royal Opera debut in 2012 as Mimì (La bohème).
Giannattasio grew up in Italy and studied at the Accademia di Perfezionamento at La Scala, Milan (1999–2001). In 2002 she won first prize and the audience award in Operalia. She has since appeared at many major opera houses and companies around Europe and the USA under leading conductors and directors. Recent engagements have included Violetta (La traviata) for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Scottish Opera and in Naples, Leonora (Il trovatore) at the Vienna Festival and in her debut with the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at the Arena di Verona, Desdemona (Otello) in Buenos Aires, Alice Ford (Falstaff) at La Scala and in Los Angeles, Liù (Turandot) in Turin and Mimì at La Fenice, Venice, and in Berlin and Munich.
Giannattasio is a noted exponent of bel canto repertory and has recorded Rossini’s La donna del lago and Ermione, Bellini’s Il pirata and Donizetti’s Parisina and Caterina Cornaro for Opera Rara. She performs regularly in concert, appearances including in La Fenice’s 2014 New Year’s Day concert, broadcast worldwide.
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